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This one-dish Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles recipe is easy to prepare and perfect for the whole family. It tastes awesome, too!Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles

This simple recipe is so easy and so delicious. We love this around here! You don’t even have to cook the noodles first, which makes this one of our favorite, easy weeknight dinners.  It’s creamy, flavorful, and you can get it on the table in 15 minutes or less. Perfect for busy weeknights!

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

Here’s all you’ll need to make it. Egg noodles cook super fast, allowing you to get this on the table even faster. Frozen diced onions and peas are a huge time saver and make it easy to keep the ingredients for this dinner always on hand. And there’s not too much lemon juice in this recipe, so no need for a real lemon here. Feel free to use the bottled stuff!

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

This recipe is perfect for leftover ham, especially if you’re planning on having a ham for Christmas! Or you can grab some ham from the deli, just make sure you get something that sounds really delicious, like this Maple-Glazed Brown Sugar Honey Ham, lol! Also ask them to slice it really thick for dicing, so you have nice, bite-sized chunks of ham.

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

I have also used a rotisserie chicken here (or cooked, chopped chicken breasts) in place of the ham. Whatever you have on hand works great!

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

How to Make This Perfect Pasta Dish

To make, add some butter to a large, 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

Once the butter has melted and is just starting to turn brown, add the diced onions.

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

Cook onions until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

Add the broth, half-and-half, and noodles to the skillet and bring to a boil.

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

Add the diced ham and stir to combine.

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

Then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until the noodles are tender, about 8-10 minutes.

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

Now check your cream sauce. If it isn’t thick enough at this point, we can fix that right now.

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

Simply stir together one tablespoon of cornstarch with three tablespoons of cold water with a fork. You can use the same measuring cup from the broth and half-and-half. Pour into the sauce and it will thicken immediately.

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

See? It’s already starting to bubble and thicken! Add plenty of salt and pepper to taste (I use 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper), then stir to combine.

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

Next add the frozen peas and splash of lemon juice and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

Creamy, easy, and delicious! That’s all you do! :)

Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles -- A perfect, easy one dish skillet dinner, made in less than 15 mins! You even boil the noodles right in the skillet. www.kevinandamanda.com

Hope you enjoy! :)

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Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American

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This one-dish Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles recipe is easy to prepare and perfect for the whole family. It tastes awesome, too!

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups onion, diced
  • 8 ounces egg noodles
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 pound cooked ham, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onions until golden brown, about 5 mins.
  2. Add broth, half-and-half, and noodles to skillet and bring to a boil. Add diced ham, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until noodles are tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. If your cream sauce is not thick enough, stir together 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of cold water. Pour into skillet. Season with plenty of salt and pepper, then stir to combine. Sauce should thicken immediately. Add peas and lemon juice to skillet and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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64 Responses
  1. Vicki V

    This is such a good dish and so easy to make. I used heavy cream b/c that is all I had. My son has now asked for it twice in one week.

  2. Patty Irick

    I am cooking for one now and I halved this recipe but it was still waaaay too much.  Has anybody ever tried freezing some of it and if so, how did it turn out?   Love the recipe.

  3. Lisa

    I added about a block of shredded sharp cheddar (or about 1 1/2 to 2 cups) towarda the end after I added the peas and let melt and stirred altogether. I added another pinch of salt and pepper and served. sooooo good!

  4. Jax

    Great use of leftover ham. I added carrots and extra peas for added veggies. Only had spaghetti noodles and it worked. Plus I used evaporated milk in lieu of half n half. This recipe is versatile enough to use what you have in stock so no trips to store for extra ingredients for a leftover dish. I’m happy and kids enjoyed!

  5. Donna Gregory

    Thanks, this was great. My family thought it took a lot of time. I added a little garlic salt and used cream of mushroom soup as I did not have half and half.

  6. Kaila

    I love your recipes SO much. I have SO many of the saved to try out but tonight I’m using this as a starter/ inspiration. I’m changing a whole ton because I have chicken breasts, prosciutto, and smoked Gouda to use up but I swear it’s this dish that I worked off of! Lol!! Thanks for the inspo!! 

    Here’s what I’m doing: 
     Sliced chicken breasts and stuffed them with smoked Gouda, seasoned with a mix from another one of your recipes and seared on both sides then removed from pan

    Fully carmelized an large yellow onion and removed from pan

    Proceed with your sauce/ pasta plan adding in chopped up prosciutto with the peas 

    Plated the stuffed chicken on top of the pasta, and topped it off with a nice little heap of the carmelized onions. 

    Thanks for all the awesome recipes! 

  7. Angela

    What on earth is half-and-half? In your recipe for Peas, Ham and Creamy noodles?
    It sounds a great recipe which I would love to use but don’t know what half-and-half is!
    Cooking in the UK

    1. Annemarie Kiddle

      half and half is half cream and half milk. As an expat, I use half and half in place of the UK’s single cream

  8. Chef Brett

    This is a winner – from start to finish! It was bowl-licking good, the family loved it, and it was really simple to make! Excellent!

  9. Michelle

    This was yummy! And worked great with just (whole) milk instead of half and half! Certainly didn’t need any salt, and left pepper to each their own, but otherwise followed exactly and came out great! A keeper!

  10. Wendy

    This was easy and delicious! I used skim milk instead of half and half and made the thickening out of corn starch, it was perfect! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Karen

    This was great. Used up the New Years ham. Used the pan drippings as the broth. Added some left over Fontina cheese and peperoncini peppers. Yummy!!! Thanks so much for sharing. Great quick 1-pan meal.

  12. Megan

    I have made this dish a couple of times and each time my kiddos gobble it up!! I usually use whole milk as I never have half and half on hand and it turns out just as great! Coming from a full time working momma with 3 kiddos, recipes like this are a lifesaver!!

  13. jen

    My family loved this and I loved how quick it was. I subbed whole milk, half the onion, half the ham, half the butter and stirred in some cream cheese. Topped it with parmesan. Great comfort food.

  14. Kathleen McCormick

    Great recipe! Easy to make and delicious. I am a noncook for the most part so when I do whip something up I don’t want to feel like I’m doing a science experiment!

  15. Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents

    Sooooooooooooooo much potential here! I said at least three times while eating it: this is SO GOOD! I am putting it straight into my Favorites folder. It would be fabulous with chicken, tuna, or even bacon! Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

  16. KayleneP @ The Links Site

    Wow this looks great and so easy! I have some lean ham in the fridge so I know what I’ll be making for tomorrows dinner!

  17. Kat

    This had great flavor seemed a lil dry (maybe i simmered it a lil too long) but we added some mushrooms. Like i said before tasted great!

  18. Becky

    Amanda,
    All of your recipes look amazing!!! I love this one and am sure my family will love it…….if I substitute something else for the ham and peas. LOL Unfortunately, I have a VERY picky family. Can’t wait to try all kinds of different meats and veggies in this!!
    I know this is under the wrong recipe but the Chess Squares……..I recognized the recipe after the ingredients picture ;) LOVE IT!!!! Thanks and keep up the awesome work!!!!!

  19. Elaine Bennett

    I thought this was delicious, but was floored when my 10 year old not only finished his bowl, but asked for SECONDS. This is the kid we refer to as Air Fern (seems to be subsisting on air). Thanks Amanda!

  20. Sylvia

    I’m SO cooking challenged and I made this tonight and it was a huge success! I didn’t have corn starch so I added some heavy whipping cream and it was perfect! Thanks Amanda ;-)

  21. Hogfarmerwife

    Porktastic! One-Dish Skillet Meal title caught my eye right away… but I have to tell you that the hogfarmer hubby and our two boys gobbled this right up and asked when I would be making it again. Thank you for posting such an easy and delicious meal!

  22. Danita Hosking

    I tried this for dinner tonight, but used tuna instead of ham, and it turned out to be pretty good. My two year old LOVED this and asked for more. I’ll definitely be making it again. It’s a good quick meal with very little cleanup.

  23. Danita Hosking

    Reminds me of Tuna Casserole… only a whole lot less work. I’ve got everything but the ham. I think I’ll try it with tuna instead, and see what happens. Leftover chicken might work, too.

  24. Kristin S

    I read the post title and thought, “That sounds really gross.”

    THEN I looked at the picture and read the recipe and WILL make this soon. YUM!

  25. Heather @ Heather's Dish

    OK I’m in LOVE with the fact that you don’t have to cook the noodles separately – we’re making this for dinner next week!

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